FdA Graphic Design at Camberwell College of Arts explores contemporary approaches to branding, advertising and graphic design through a range of media and processes. The course has been developed in collaboration with key design industry practitioners to reflect current working practices.
Camberwell College of Arts, Peckham Road
Study Level Undergraduate Study Mode Full time Course Length 2 years Home/EU Fee
£9,000 per year
£13,800 per year
Start Date September 2013 Autumn Term Dates Monday 23 September - Friday 6 December 2013 Spring Term Dates Monday 6 January - Friday 21 March 2014 Summer Term Dates Tuesday 22 April - Friday 20 June 2014 Application Route UCAS Code W201 University Code U65
Content and Structure
Content: what students can expect
- To explore key practical and conceptual strategies involved in the creation of communication across different media
- To explore strategies for the implementation of brand identity and the development of communication in relation to advertising and marketing
- To look at the impact of advanced technologies on working methods
- To examine communication and management strategies necessary for successful team working, students will start to identify their own specialist interests
- Sustained periods of work-based learning that allow students to engage directly with design industry representatives and make valuable contacts
- To develop written, verbal and visual communication skills, which will prepare them for their chosen industry
- A combination of industry set and personally devised work projects that allows for further examination of ideas and concepts
- Units that relate specifically to work-based learning through live projects, work placements and collaborative research
- Unit 1: Introduction to study in Higher Education - Design
- Unit 2: Defining the subject - Process, methodology and diagnostic study
- Unit 3: Work based learning 1 - Making contact with the industry
- Unit 4: Defining the subject - Sustained specialist exploration
- Unit 5: Evaluation and individual programme of study planning
- Unit 6: Work based learning 2
- Unit 7: Reflection, planning and presentation
- Unit 8: Individual programme of study
At the end of the year, students are given detailed guidance about how to appropriately approach employers. Students holding a Foundation degree (FdA) may also be considered for the third year bridging unit, which enables them to apply to the final year of the Camberwell BA Graphic Design course.
Work experience and opportunities
FdA Graphic Design students get to work with Camberwell’s partners from the industry, gaining insight into the key issues of contemporary graphic design practice. Previous collaborators have included Bibliothèque, Kin, Moving Brands and UsTwo amongst others.
Derek Yates - Course Director
Derek Yates worked as a designer in the music industry during the late '80s and early '90s, and was responsible for the iconic Soul II Soul logo used by the triple platinum selling musicians. Yates was one also of eight artists featured in the 1991 Thames & Hudson book Design After Dark by Cynthia Rose.
Yates has continued to work in this area when teaching commitments have allowed, and his work has been featured in various group shows including Artcore at the Ultralounge, Selfridges in 2009 alongside Banksy and Goldie.
Over the last 17 years, Derek has been at the forefront of innovation in the development of work-based learning at Camberwell College of Arts. He has brokered partnerships with commercial agencies such as Wieden & Kennedy, Moving Brands, Bibliothèque and Kin, cultural institutions like the V&A and respected journals such as Eye Magazine.
Most recently, Yates worked with onedotzero to co-create the award winning Cascade education platform, which operates in the space between industry and education and allows graduates to test and respond to emerging creative methodologies.
Derek is also Course Director for FdA Illustration.
Having completed a period of work-based learning, our FdA Graphic Design students are able to go straight into employment with recent graduates having found jobs at companies such as Bibliothéque, Dave, the Design Studio, Faber & Faber, FiveFootSix, Johnston Works, Kino Design, Quayola and Sky Creative.
Students can also apply to the third year of Camberwell's Graphic Design or Illustration degree courses, subject to their grade at FdA level and successful completion of the College's bridging studies programme.
We select students based on the quality of their applications, looking primarily at their portfolio of work and personal statements.
Applicants are expected to have:
- A portfolio of work
- 1 GCE A Level or equivalent (achieved or expected)
- 3 GCSEs grade C or above
- Alternative qualifications and experience will also be taken into consideration
- IELTS level 5.0 or above if English isn’t their first language, with at least 4.0 in reading, writing, listening and speaking (please check our English Language requirements)
- The portfolio should be mainly made up of work that demonstrates an understanding of the importance of utilising process and methodology to generate design solutions
- You should show a desire to engage with contemporary practice in relation to graphic design, 3D design, advertising, architecture, typography and illustration
- You should show a desire to engage with and utilise language and an interest in working with typography
- An ability to analyse, interpret and respond to content in order to create successful pieces of communication is also important
Home / EU applicants
You must apply through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), where you’ll need the following information:
- University code - U65
- UCAS course code - W201
The UCAS annual deadline for applications is 15 January.
For more information please contact us:
- Course enquiry form
- Telephone: +44 (0)20 7514 6302
There are three ways international students can apply to an undergraduate course at Camberwell College of Arts:
To apply through the College, you’ll need to download and complete our international undergraduate application form and send this, along with your portfolio and any supporting documents, to the address below.
Chelsea College of Arts
16 John Islip Street
For more information please contact our International Office:
- Course enquiry form
- Telephone: +44 (0)20 7514 1852